City Centre Events

Sydney’s city centre encompasses Darling Harbour, picturesque Circular Quay, the bustling CBD (Central Business District), the grand old buildings of Martin Place, the busy streets of Chinatown and Haymarket, and the peaceful grounds of Barangaroo, Hyde Park, the Domain and the Royal Botanic Garden. Its high concentration of entertainment venues, museums, galleries and public spaces means that the city centre’s events calendar is packed with everything from local markets and musical productions to Vivid Sydney, an annual festival of light, music and ideas.

Sydney events offer something for everyone, whether it’s an exhibition opening in a hip area on the city’s fringe, or a world-renowned musical playing in the heart of the city. On weekends, you’ll find local markets in The Rocks, Paddington, Bondi, Glebe, Rozelle, Domain and North Sydney. During the week, attend a gig at one of Sydney’s friendly pubs, or perhaps catch an improv show at one of the city’s comedy venues.

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  1. Stencil Art Prize Exhibition

    Monday 5 September to Sunday 25 September 2016, Chippendale

    The largest stencil event in the world that exists to recognise and reward stencil artists. Key themes include cityscapes, momento mori, portraiture, surreal and illustrative compositions, to flora and fauna...

    05 Sep -25Sep
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  2. This, This is Mine

    Wednesday 14 September to Sunday 25 September 2016, Darlinghurst

    Following a successful New York City premiere, Sydney-based ensemble The Corinthian Food Store Collective welcomes you to the Sydney debut of play This, This Is Mine, written by Duncan Ragg, in September.Set...

    14 Sep -25Sep
  3. Convict Footprints at Cockatoo Island

    Friday 16 September to Sunday 25 September 2016, City Centre

    The convicts have returned to Cockatoo Island!Experience this unique ‘living history’ theatre production and discover the true stories of the convicts and characters that worked and lived on Cockatoo Island...

    16 Sep -25Sep
  4. The Essential Baby and Toddler Show

    Friday 23 September to Sunday 25 September 2016, Moore Park

    The Essential Baby and Toddler Show, presented by Blackmores is back in Sydney! Look forward to 150 local and international brands, advice from experts including Pinky McKay, live shows by Hi-5 (and meet and...

    23 Sep -25Sep
  5. Lorna Jane Warehouse Sale and Active Nation Day

    Saturday 24 September to Sunday 25 September 2016, Moore Park

    Lorna Jane’s first ever Active Living Expo is coming to the Entertainment Quarter, alongside Lorna Jane's Warehouse sale and Active Nation Day event.There will be up to 60 per cent off activewear, free move...

    24 Sep -25Sep
  6. Blessing of the Fleet at Sydney Fish Market

    Sunday 25 September 2016, Pyrmont

    Sydney Fish Market will be hosting a day of family-friendly activities to celebrate the Blessing of the Fleet. The ceremony continues the Mediterranean tradition where fishers would receive a blessing from...

    25 Sep
  7. Cirque du Soleil - KOOZA

    Monday 26 September to Sunday 6 November 2016, Moore Park

    Cirque du Soleil will arrive in Australia with KOOZA, a death-defying, colourful homage to the traditions of circus. The national tour will begin in Sydney on 25 August 2016, where KOOZA will...

    26 Sep -06Nov
  8. Gloria

    Monday 26 September to Saturday 8 October 2016, Kings Cross

    A star, a celebrity - she's played every iconic role in the canon of theatrical greats: Nina, Hedda, Hamlet, Clytemnestra. She's burnt into peoples eyes, hearts, imaginations.Playing the real-life...

    26 Sep -08Oct
  9. Sixth Sense

    Monday 26 September to Saturday 15 October 2016, Darlinghurst

    In art, sight is the sense most utilised. When other senses are evoked, the perceptive experience is invariably heightened. Sixth Sense is a new exhibition at the National Art School Gallery in which thirteen artists...

    26 Sep -15Oct
  10. Francesco Clemente: Encampment

    Monday 26 September to Sunday 9 October 2016, Inner Sydney

    A Schwartz Carriageworks Project. “Every single moment of the unfolding experience of the work is just a pretext to move on, to move forward from that moment. It’s never supposed to be a beginning of an...

    26 Sep -09Oct
  11. Confluence Festival of India

    Monday 26 September to Sunday 30 October 2016, City Centre

    Confluence Festival of India, the most significant showcase of Indian arts and culture ever to be staged in Australia is coming to Sydney! The festival program includes world-class dance, theatre and music...

    26 Sep -30Oct
  12. Sydney Fringe Festival

    Monday 26 September to Friday 30 September 2016, City Centre

    The Sydney Fringe Festival is the largest independent arts festival in NSW. Spread across five cultural villages, the Sydney Fringe presents over 300 productions in over 50 venues every September, celebrating local...

    26 Sep -30Sep
  13. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

    Monday 26 September to Saturday 22 October 2016, City Centre

    On the hottest night of the year, young lovers Hermia and Lysander run away from the rules of the city and into the freedom of the forest. Close on their heels are Helena and Demetrius. Demetrius is chasing Hermia,...

    26 Sep -22Oct
  14. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Sydney

    Monday 26 September 2016, City Centre

    Experience the best Australian designers on the runway, and enjoy backstage access, beauty workshops and luxe goodie bags.After the show, get ready for an after party like no other as the resident DJ mixes...

    26 Sep
  15. My Fair Lady

    Monday 26 September to Saturday 5 November 2016, City Centre

    Ground-breaking, glorious and grand... Celebrating the beloved original, Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady is now playing at the Sydney Opera House, under the direction of Dame Julie Andrews.In the...

    26 Sep -05Nov
  16. Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical

    Monday 26 September to Sunday 27 November 2016, Pyrmont

    Dream Lover, the extraordinary story of legendary singer, songwriter and actor Bobby Darin is now playing at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.Starring David Campbell and Hannah Fredericksen and directed by Simon...

    26 Sep -27Nov
  17. Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

    Monday 26 September to Sunday 29 January 2017, Pyrmont

    Exclusive to the Powerhouse Museum, Collette Dinnigan - Unlaced is the first exhibition to explore the work of this internationally acclaimed Australian fashion designer.Featuring ensembles,...

    26 Sep -29Jan
  18. Through a different lens: Cazneaux by the water

    Monday 26 September to Sunday 5 February 2017, City Centre

    See the works of legendary Australian photographer Harold Cazneaux (1878-1953) and explore a bygone era of Sydney Harbour in this photographic exhibition 'Through a different lens: Cazneaux by the water'. In...

    26 Sep -05Feb
  19. Tinalley String Quartet featuring John Bell

    Monday 26 September to Tuesday 27 September 2016, City Centre

    Australia's internationally acclaimed Tinalley String Quartet, together with acclaimed actor John Bell, explores the words and music of Beethoven in 'Speak Less Than You Know', a musical narrative that interweaves...

    26 Sep -27Sep
  20. Art and About Sydney

    Monday 26 September to Tuesday 11 October 2016, City Centre

    This city shines in every season, and now Art and About Sydney allows you to celebrate each one with an ongoing program.After 13 years of a festival-style program that jam-packed one month with...

    26 Sep -11Oct
  21. Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Monday 26 September to Sunday 16 October 2016, City Centre

    42,000 entries. 96 countries. 100 awe-inspiring images.Wrestling komodo dragons, ethereal egrets and thirsty squirrels are among the creatures captured on camera by this year’s finalists of the Wildlife...

    26 Sep -16Oct
  22. Ships, Clocks & Stars: the Quest for Longitude

    Monday 26 September to Sunday 30 October 2016, City Centre

    Ships, Clocks & Stars: the Quest for Longitude is a compelling exhibition opening at the Australian National Maritime Museum from 5 May. The exhibition is a rare chance to discover the extraordinary nautical...

    26 Sep -30Oct
  23. Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes

    Monday 26 September to Sunday 9 October 2016, City Centre

    The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes is an annual exhibition eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike.Awarded to the best portrait painting, the Archibald Prize is a who's who of Australian...

    26 Sep -09Oct
  24. Four Minutes Twelve Seconds by James Fritz

    Tuesday 27 September to Saturday 8 October 2016, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Outhouse Theatre Company, in association with Red Line Productions, returns to the Old Fitz Theatre to present the Australian Premiere of the Olivier Award nominated play Four Minutes Twelve Seconds by James Fritz....

    27 Sep -08Oct
  25. Yoga from the Sky at Sydney Tower Eye

    Wednesday 28 September to Wednesday 7 June 2017, City Centre

    Yoga from the Sky is a series of yoga classes held on Wednesday mornings hosted by the Sydney Tower Eye on the Observation Deck. Participants can enjoy breathtaking 360 views of the city during a 45 minute Hatha Yoga...

    28 Sep -07Jun
  26. EQ Village Markets

    Wednesday 28 September to Saturday 29 December 2018, Moore Park

    EQ Village Markets is Sydney's finest producers market. It offers a wide range of top quality produce at a great price in one very convenient location, just 10 minutes from the Sydney Central Business District!...

    28 Sep -29Dec
  27. Aladdin - The Musical

    Wednesday 28 September to Sunday 18 December 2016, Chinatown And Haymarket

    From the producer of The Lion King and Mary Poppins, the beloved story of Aladdin comes to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical comedy. The New York Times says it’s “Fabulous!” and “Extravagant!” and USA...

    28 Sep -18Dec
  28. Australian World Orchestra

    Wednesday 28 September to Thursday 29 September 2016, City Centre

    In 2016 the Australian World Orchestra will celebrate their five year anniversary with two electrifying concerts conducted by internationally acclaimed Australian conductors Alexander Briger AO and Stanley Dodds. The...

    28 Sep -29Sep
  29. Marina Prior and Mark Vincent

    Thursday 29 September 2016, City Centre

    For one night only, the iconic Marina Prior will join Australia’s number one tenor Mark Vincent in a magical performance of soaring opera arias, musical theatre showstoppers and well-loved popular songs.One...

    29 Sep
  30. Talk and Tease - Stand-up Comedy Meets Burlesque

    Thursday 29 September to Thursday 14 September 2017, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Talk and Tease is a cheeky, new cabaret that features a mixture of stand up comedy and burlesque dance. It brings together some of Sydney's funniest comedians with Sydney's most coveted burlesque performers for a...

    29 Sep -14Sep
  31. U.S.Oh! Show - A Night of Americana

    Friday 30 September to Friday 30 June 2017, Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Guys, shine your shoes and Gals, gloss your lips! Come down to the Bamboozle Room, Potts Point on a Friday night and get some much deserved R and R...that's an order Private!The "U.S.Oh! Show - A night of...

    30 Sep -30Jun

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